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  1. Yikes, I'm sorry - I missed the replies! Thank you - I'm pulling it out to look at it once more 😊.
  2. DS liked SM, did well enough with BA, and LOVED Jousting Armadillos. He's not an intuitively "mathy" child, so my plan had been to start with JA (I don't feel it's complete enough to stand alone) and then move on to AOPS Pre-Algebra. He has worked through the first chapter, and I'm not sure it's clicking.... AOPS has worked great for DD (who does have a natural inclination toward math). I love the approach, and I love that it is a full series that will take them through HS. It would definitely be my preference to wave a magic wand and have DS take to AOPS like DD has. But.... We also own Jacobs, which is OK, but dry, as is Dolciani. I'm pretty sure I've combed through most pre-Algebra threads and considered most resources, but, perhaps, I missed something? Is there a resource that reads like Jousting Armadillos but is a stand-alone curriculum that also has Algebra, Geometry, and beyond? I do know about the other two Arbor Center books, and plan to use them in the future as supplements. ETA: I don't think online courses/content would work for this one. TIA!!!
  3. We love Novare; DD14 completed the Earth Science text (at home), and is currently doing Physics (through WHA).
  4. Your project sounds awesome - thank you for the idea, and for sharing all the resources!!
  5. Ooo! Thank you! I will check the library and the local college. And yes, we do have a microscope! Thank you @lewelma for the list of questions. They are very helpful regardless what topic/question she chooses.
  6. Very good food for thought, thank you both. Questions like yours are exactly what I need to push me past the wall I've hit. I think it's worth mentioning that I have a background in medicine and some firsthand experience in research; I feel equipped to help her navigate a more complex project, if only we could come up with a topic! I was hoping (ever the victim of wishful thinking) that her independent reading would lead her to something a bit more tangible that would, in turn, ignite her curiosity. Clearly, that would be the foundation for the best project ever....
  7. DD14 is very interested in molecular biology and genetics. Her interest in the area was piqued when a natural-history-for-homeschoolers teacher described hemimastigotes as new branch of life; at around the same time, she started reading my old HS Bio AP textbook on her own because she found it super interesting. When asked, she currently (which obviously may change) describes her ideal job as: "observation and analysis, searching for patterns and relationships, with the goal of answering previously undefined questions in animal/human (not plant) molecular biology/genetics". She's chosen to do a Biology elective this year, and is reading through a text (more current than my old book), answering study questions, etc. @Farrarsuggested doing a unique project to make the year more special, and she and I both loved this idea. Problem is, even after searching, reading, discussing, scouring the library and the web for ideas - neither she nor I have had success in coming up with a topic or question to explore that would be both meaningful and doable. I remember reading about @lewelma boys' incredible, in-depth science projects...Gah. Any thoughts?? Farrar and Ruth, I hope you don't mind my tags. Now that it's November, I'm feeling desperate.
  8. I, too, have considered that. There's a cancellation charge and 50% tuition is refunded/50% credited toward a future course, and we've purchased the book(s) and materials. Not impossible, but not painless. It's seems like dropping physics altogether from high school really wouldn't be ideal, and she's come to terms with having to get it over with this year, so I'm inclined to leave it be. Especially since workload will likely increase over the next couple years and it seems studying things she's interested in would make that load a bit easier.
  9. Thank you...I think I saw it ONCE and it stuck in my mind as something I'd better not forget to include... Ah, how panic muddles the mind.😜
  10. This all makes a lot of sense - thank you so much for helping me think through possibilities and taking the time to write it all out!! I like the idea of making Logic a summer study course, that would free up time for the heavy courses. Your "Possible alternative schedule" is an awesome spine for me to kind of work around. Thank you!
  11. Thank you for weighing in! Re: Biology, yes, there's a bit of back information. Her interest in the subject was piqued at a homeschool science class last fall. This spring, she found my old AP Bio textbook and has been reading it with tremendous interest nightly before bed. She's super excited about starting biology, and it's the only thing that's making the thought of studying physics (which she's completely disinterested in) bearable. She enrolled in WHA Physics pretty early, and I think it makes sense to study physics at some point in HS, so that's how we ended up where we are with that. Re: Foreign language - given the lack of grammar (which I somehow missed entirely....), I'm dropping Duolingo as a formal course. She can dabble in it if she likes. Regardless, she has a passion for Latin and excelled at Latin I through Schole Academy last year, so it makes sense to continue with that. Re: electives, she dislikes anything related to art. My plan was to study artists and musicians according to the historical time period we're covering, mostly for exposure and to ultimately give her a fine arts credit should she need it for college admissions.
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